My father is Scots/Irish, born in Larne, Ireland and my mother is English, born in Grantham
England. I am first generation American in my family as I was born in Seattle, Washington during a 3 year move to the US but moved back and was raised in England. My two older sisters and one younger brother were all born in England. We moved here as a family in 1979 and have lived in Cincinnati ever since.
I started playing the bagpipes in 1996 with the Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums, as bagpipes was something I had always enjoyed. I quickly got deeply involved with the band becoming the Quarter Master and Drum Major. I later became President, which I held for a number of years, currently I am the Business Manager for the Band and still the Quarter Master and Drum Major. I am also the piper for the Clermont County Sheriff and the Loveland Symmes Fire Department.
Notable bagpiping moments include opening for Rod Stewart at Riverbend, leading several pipebands in a Cincinnati Bengals Half-TIme show, opening for the Black Watch pipes and drums and playing Cuts Like a Knife in concert with Bryan Adams.
Through the band I met my wife, Highland Dancing instructor for the Cincinnati Highland Dancers and Highland dance Judge. My wife and I also run Celtic Corner, premier supplier of Scottish and Irish products including kilts, wedding rentals, gifts and more.
We now have two children and live in Miami Township. My other interests include, autocrossing my 1979 MGB and working on my project hotrod, a 1949 Ford.